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Southend United 3-3 Portsmouth

Simon Cox
Simon Cox has now scored 15 goals for Southend this season

Simon Cox's hat-trick enabled Southend to hit back from 3-0 down to draw with League One promotion chasers Portsmouth at Roots Hall.

Portsmouth took the lead after just eight minutes when Jamal Lowe's right wing cross was fumbled by Southend goalkeeper Nathan Bishop, enabling Bryn Morris to slam the ball home from close range.

The visitors doubled their lead in the 21st minute when Ben Close fired a low 20-yard shot into the bottom right hand corner of the net.

And it was three for the visitors 10 minutes later when Oli Hawkins netted from close range after Morris' shot had bounced back off the left post.

Southend got a goal back in the 36th minute with Cox heading home Sam Hart's left wing cross.

Cox then set up an exciting finish when he netted a 78th minute penalty, after Michael Kightly had been fouled by Morris.

And the striker earned a point for his team three minutes from time with a fine curling effort, after being teed up by Timothee Dieng.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Southend

  • 13Bishop
  • 2Bwomono
  • 6Turner
  • 23MooreBooked at 90mins
  • 42Hart
  • 8Dieng
  • 18MantomSubstituted forHutchinsonat 73'minutes
  • 39HumphrysSubstituted forKlassat 25'minutesBooked at 83mins
  • 7KightlySubstituted forWaboat 82'minutes
  • 10Cox
  • 11McLaughlin

Substitutes

  • 15Kiernan
  • 20Klass
  • 22Smith
  • 26Lennon
  • 29Wabo
  • 34Kelman
  • 36Hutchinson

Portsmouth

  • 15MacGillivray
  • 2WalkesBooked at 90mins
  • 6Burgess
  • 5Clarke
  • 3Brown
  • 10LoweSubstituted forVaughanat 89'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 33Close
  • 24Morris
  • 19Solomon-OtaborSubstituted forCurtisat 71'minutes
  • 22BogleSubstituted forEvansat 75'minutes
  • 9Hawkins

Substitutes

  • 11Curtis
  • 26Evans
  • 30May
  • 31Casey
  • 32Vaughan
  • 35Bass
  • 38Haunstrup
Referee:
Dean Whitestone
Attendance:
7,300

Match Stats

Home TeamSouthendAway TeamPortsmouth
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home13
Away10
Shots on Target
Home7
Away6
Corners
Home4
Away7
Fouls
Home10
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Southend United 3, Portsmouth 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Southend United 3, Portsmouth 3.

Attempt blocked. Matthew Clarke (Portsmouth) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Isaac Hutchinson.

Attempt missed. Matthew Clarke (Portsmouth) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left following a corner.

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Taylor Moore.

Booking

Taylor Moore (Southend United) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

James Vaughan (Portsmouth) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Anton Walkes (Portsmouth) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Timothee Dieng (Southend United).

James Vaughan (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. James Vaughan replaces Jamal Lowe.

Stephen McLaughlin (Southend United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Gareth Evans (Portsmouth).

Goal!

Goal! Southend United 3, Portsmouth 3. Simon Cox (Southend United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Timothee Dieng.

Foul by Timothee Dieng (Southend United).

Matthew Clarke (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Booking

Michael Klass (Southend United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Michael Klass (Southend United).

Gareth Evans (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Southend United. Norman Wabo replaces Michael Kightly because of an injury.

Oliver Hawkins (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Michael Turner (Southend United).

Goal!

Goal! Southend United 2, Portsmouth 3. Simon Cox (Southend United) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Penalty conceded by Bryn Morris (Portsmouth) after a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty Southend United. Michael Kightly draws a foul in the penalty area.

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Isaac Hutchinson.

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. Gareth Evans replaces Omar Bogle.

Dangerous play by Oliver Hawkins (Portsmouth).

Sam Hart (Southend United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Southend United. Isaac Hutchinson replaces Sam Mantom.

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. Ronan Curtis replaces Viv Solomon-Otabor.

Attempt missed. Stephen McLaughlin (Southend United) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Christian Burgess.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Taylor Moore (Southend United) because of an injury.

Attempt saved. Stephen McLaughlin (Southend United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Matthew Clarke.

Attempt blocked. Simon Cox (Southend United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Bryn Morris (Portsmouth).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Luton33218466283871
2Barnsley32198559283165
3Portsmouth32179654351960
4Sunderland311514253302359
5Charlton33168948331556
6Doncaster31158858391953
7Peterborough33141095144752
8Blackpool32121283428648
9Coventry33137133637-146
10Fleetwood33129124436845
11Wycombe331110124247-543
12Burton32119124240242
13Southend33124174344-140
14Scunthorpe33117154057-1740
15Plymouth33108154053-1338
16Accrington30910112940-1137
17Gillingham32106164253-1136
18Walsall3398163453-1935
19Rochdale3297163863-2534
20Bristol Rovers3189143034-433
21Oxford Utd32712133848-1033
22Shrewsbury32712133444-1033
23Bradford3396183652-1633
24Wimbledon3275202348-2526
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